Skip to comments.Could Pittsburgh Be The Next Paris? (gag)
Posted on 12/26/2012 3:15:00 PM PST by surroundedbyblue
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The do-gooder environmental idiot come to my door regularly about Mital and the proposed incinerator for Cleveland Power. I all but physically throw them off my property and give them a lecture about the trade offs between a pristine environment and economic viability. I often chase them down the street.
Looks like Pittsburgh lost World War Z to the Zombies
Besides Pittsburgh IS NOT Philadelphia. It is an entire state away and is much cleaner and inhabited by more hospitable people. Even though they speak like they have a mouth full of quarters. Yens understands what I mean?
The only US city we enjoy for walking is San Antonio’s canal system. Venice Italy is a walkable canal city.
Another reason people would go to these cities is one of a kind arts. Paris has the Louvre, D’Orsay and Versailles. Not to mention restaurants and cafe’s. These amenities go hand in hand with walking.
How Pittsburg would pull this off remains to be seen, but I would advise them to build canals. It would take guts for the planners, but they have to think big and bold.
Jones and Laughlin who needs them, we have our Asia made ipads. That’s the way to national prosperity.
Same thing with Obama/Democrats obsession with high speed rail. The thriving economy should come first to justify it. But the Dems think you rev up the states economy by building the high speed rail first. They are that stupid in addition to these projects being a payoff to their union buddies
Who knows - teach ‘Burghers to stop bathing and using deodorant and to start peeing in the streets - it could happen.
I staid at a hotel just outside of downtown once. I wanted to get a sandwich at the Subway sandwich shop accross the highway, I could see it from my hotel room . I spent the next two hours lost trying to get there. I found my way back to the Hotel, asked the front desk clerk how to get to the Subway across the highway.
“You can't get there from here, you'd never find it!”
Ever been to Pittsburgh? They don’t need canals; They got RIVERS! Three of them, to be exact! BIG ones! :-)
Pittsburgh is a world away from Philly. It may be full of libs - it’s an old union town, after all - but it is as homey and friendly a place as you’ll ever want to visit.
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Am I the only one who remembers that laughable commercial from the early 90s celebrating the new Pittsburgh Airport as being "as sophisticated as Paris" and showing some dude in a beret sipping espresso in soft focus/golden light?
I'm so old that I still think of the Moon Township airport on Bell's Farm as the new airport with the movie theater and the observation deck. What's now the Allegheny County Airport was the airport back in my day. :-)
By the way, the current Pittsburgh International Airport is an example of "if you build it, they won't come". It's my understanding that many of the corridors and concourses have been seal off due to lack of air traffic there. Is my perception correct? It's based on a trip that took me to the airport about 5 years ago and I noticed it was far from busy.
Yeah, I remember that. Earlier this year my oldest son left a prettty dsrn good job at PIA because he said the place was almost dead. In the mall a lot of stores have closed. Even with a new restaurant the place is getting worse.
He bailed and now manages a beer distributor a few blocks from his home and about he same distance from mine.
Being able to walk to work sure beats driving to the airport and going through security.
This photo of Pittsburg is courtesy of TripAdvisor
And here's a view of its spectacular skyline from the air as well as the largest skyscraper in the heart of the bustling downtown, err, dahntahn:
The PIA is the slowest airport I’ve ever seen, and every time I travel, it seems to be getting worse. . Someone once told me that this is due to an excessively high gate tax that our Democrat county commish has levied on each airline, causing them to discontinue their flights one by one. Its certainly not for lack of travelers - every time I fly, it seems like the flights are full. There’s just so few flights available because the airlines are penalized by our greedy, tax-happy politicians.
That’s pretty much SOP here already, especially on the SahsSide sheik and trendy bar/restaurant row after a Steeler or Penguin game.
Thanks for confirming my perceptions. The PIA situation is reflective of a mentality that, unfortunately, pervades the Pittsburgh district.
It seems that the powers (Democrats since the 1930s) are always looking for one thing that will make the area the hot item. It's almost like Ralph Kramdem coming up with his harebrained brilliant schemes to put he and Alice "on easy street". While I still lived there, it was the Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute that was envisioned as the thing that would transform the town into the next Silicon Valley. It didn't happen on the scale they thought it would. There was also talk of a robotics facility at one of the closed steel mills. That too was a dream never achieved. Similarly, the new airport was supposed to make Pittsburgh a prime destination and was to lure corporate headquarters back to the region but it was another flop.
Until the powers of unions and their liberal enablers, which were and are among the major factors in decline of the entire tri-state, are thwarted, the promised "next big thing" will continue to be illusionary.
No problem. C2k has already gotten the “h” out of pittsburg.
(Just like it was originally, BTW.)
The airport is at about fifteen percent of capacity. It was built for USAir’s dreams and when they fell the county got stuck with morthage payments and no hub airline. 9/11 didn’t help either.
Now the hope is that fracking on the property will help lower gate fees to encourage more business.
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